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Kids starved of quality local TV dramas

Published:Saturday | August 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM


CVM TV should be commended for airing TV shows that showcase the cultures of India, Japan and Mexico. As a result, 'Khushi', the lead character from the Indian drama series Strange Love, has become a household name in Jamaica.

For its part, TVJ should be commended for showing the long-running and popular African soap opera Generations.

However, what is disappointingly lacking from the local TV landscape are modern, local dramas and/or sitcoms. One fondly remembers two local sitcoms from a bygone era, Oliver At Large and Sarge in Charge, both starring Jamaica's king of comedy, Oliver Samuels.

Another popular local series, Lime Tree Lane, was entertaining, well written, and well produced, and it showcased Jamaican grass-roots culture. As a result of the popularity of Lime Tree Lane, Miss Upton and Johnny, like Khushi, became household names throughout the length and breadth of Jamaica.

Notably, CVM TV, Lennie Little-White, and Palm Pictures should be highly commended for producing Jamaica's longest-running local drama series, the popular Royal Palm Estate, and later, The Blackburns.

Like the aforementioned local TV shows, Royal Palm Estate showcased the outstanding talents of many local actors and actresses, including Reggie Carter (Ted Blackburn), Munair Zacca (Sonny Tavares), Michael Nicholson (Stringbeans) and Deanne Allgrove (Tanya Blackburn).

Unfortunately, today's generation of Jamaican children are starving for well-written, well-produced and well-acted local sitcoms and dramas to bridge the cultural divide.